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X Factor winner announced on ITV show

James Arthur has won the X Factor final, beating Jahmene Douglas to win a recording contract.

Arthur, 24, said: "I don't believe it... I've just got to say thank you to the people who voted for me."

He sang a rendition of Marvin Gaye's Let's Get It On on Sunday's show, as well as his choice of winner's single, Shontelle's Impossible.

Douglas, 21, said it was "a blessing to share the stage with such a talent" and advised him to "use it wisely".

Arthur hails from Saltburn by the Sea on the north-east coast of England, just south of Redcar.